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How Chiropractic Can Help You Be More Fit

Chiropractic - Helping Your Body Run More Efficiently

Everyone knows how important it is to get regular vigorous exercise and to eat the right foods to maximize our health. But what happens if you're in too much pain to be able to exercise comfortably or safely? What if your range of motion is limited by stiff joints and chronically achy muscles?

By eliminating the chronic backaches, headaches, muscle tightness and nerve interference (which we refer to as subluxations) that result from misalignment of the spine, chiropractic helps to restore proper range of motion and optimal functioning of the body's systems so that you can fully enjoy being more active.

If you've been shopping for home appliances in the last few years, you know that efficiency is a major selling-point. And with rising gasoline prices, it has also become an important consideration when buying a car. Smart shoppers are asking the question, "How much energy will this use?"  

If we're buying a used car, we want to make sure that the car was properly cared for and that the owners followed the appropriate maintenance schedule. The applies to our bodies too. Just like it's very important that a car receive its appropriate regular maintenance, getting regular oil changes and tune-ups, it's similarly important to have our spines adjusted regularly.  Really, maintaining our spinal health is much more important because, unlike a car, you can't replace your spine. Good spinal health helps to ensure that all the body systems are fully supported and functioning properly.  This allows us to function better in all aspects of our lives.

Physical fitness is not a precise measurement, but we can think of it as maintaining an overall state of good health that includes being able to perform a wide range of activities with efficiency and ease - everything from participating in a strenuous workout to being able to work at your desk for extended periods of time without discomfort. The American College of Sports Medicine recognizes four interrelated types of fitness that are important for complete health: 

  • Cardio-respiratory fitness - including the heart, blood vessels and lungs.
  • Muscular fitness - including both muscle endurance and muscle strength.
  • Body composition - which is the percentage of body fat compared to other tissues such as bones, muscles, organs, etc.
  • Flexibility - including ideal range of motion and muscle/tendon elasticity.

The various systems of your body work together, so the fitness of one body system affects all the others.

In order to maximize our health in all of the categories mentioned above for total fitness, it's important for us to eat a good diet, get regular exercise, pay attention to our body's signals, and get enough rest.  It's equally important to make sure we receive regular maintenance by having our spines properly aligned.   Regular chiropractic adjustments can be an important factor in increasing overall fitness. One of the objectives of chiropractic treatment is to balance the various systems of the body - muscles, bones, nerves, glands, and organs - by improving posture and alignment. Regular chiropractic care allows the whole body to perform optimally and efficiently, increasing energy reserves as it decreases the fatigue and stress that usually results from poor alignment.

In fact, many professional athletes depend upon chiropractic care to maintain their peak physical performance. Back in 2002, the U.S. teams for the Winter Olympics were the first to employ an official Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Robin Hunter, and they had one of the best showings ever. Was that purely coincidental? Dr. Hunter has stated the chiropractic care is all about "correcting bio-mechanical faults and misalignments, and treating injuries with hands-on work, so that the athletes can return to play faster and better." John Stockton, a pro basketball player that has turned to chiropractic to better his game says, "It's not just the adjustments, it's balancing muscles and overall health." And after a serious skiing accident, Schwarzenegger remarked, "I had one of those miracle moments when you call a chiropractor, they care for you and then days later you ski again like a champion on moguls."

Though it may feel like a miracle to many people who experience the benefits of chiropractic, the underlying principle is really quite simple. When the body is properly aligned, muscles, ligaments, and joints function together with greater ease. Internal organs aren't hindered, so the heart and lungs are better able to perform their jobs. Perhaps even more importantly, chiropractic care can help to prevent injuries that often result from overtaxing a particular part of the body that may already be compensating for those that aren't functioning as well.

Chiropractic care is like giving your body a tune-up. It helps us to function more efficiently and enjoy a greater sense of ease and well-being. 

How would you rate your current level of physical fitness?  Would you like to learn how chiropractic care can help you with your goals?  The doctors of Millar Chiropractic are happy to help!